Burglary cases scare people like few other cases can. Prosecutors, judges, and juries envision home invasions in the middle of the night, having strangers in their house taking their things, and possibly harming them and their loved ones. A conviction can label you forever, send you to prison for decades, and leave you and your family saddled with thousands of dollars in fines and fees. All this means one thing for someone accused of burglary of a habitation: you need the best possible burglary lawyer in your corner, the Law Office of Mike Howard.
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Burglary of a Habitation
A person commits burglary of a habitation if they enter the home (habitation) of another without their permission intending to commit, attempting to commit, or actually committing theft, assault, or a felony criminal offense. When most people think of burglary of a habitation, they think of entering the home to commit theft (steal a person's property like TVs, jewelry, et cetera). Burglary of a habitation involving theft is a second-degree felony carrying a possible range of punishment of 2 - 20 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
When burglary of a habitation involves a person breaking into a home with the intention to commit (or attempting to or actually committing) a felony offense other than theft (like aggravated assault, sexual assault, kidnapping), it is a first-degree felony carrying a possible range of punishment of 5 - 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
Burglary of a Building
A person commits burglary of a building if they enter the a building that is not a person's habitation without the owner's permission intending to commit, attempting to commit, or actually committing theft, assault, or a felony criminal offense. Burglary of a building involving is a state jail felony carrying a possible range of punishment of 180 days - 2 years in the state jail facility and up to a $10,000 fine.
BURGLARY OF A VEHICLE
A person commits burglary of a vehicle if they enter a vehicle without the owner's permissionintending to commit, attempting to commit, or actually committing theft, assault, or a felony criminal offense. Burglary of a vehicle is a Class A misdemeanor offense carrying a possible range of punishment of up to 1 year in the county jail and up to a $4,000 fine.
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